Ron Gardenhire reportedly receiving contract extension from Twins
Gardy will return to the Twins for a 13th season next year.
Yesterday, the Twins concluded their third-consecutive 95-losses-or-more season. Those disastrous results, combined with the fact manager that Ron Gardenhire's contract was expiring, fueled speculation Gardy might not be long for Minnesota.
Instead, the Twins are giving Gardy a contract extension, respected Fox baseball correspondent Ken Rosenthal reported this morning.
Press conference announcing Gardenhire's return to #Twins will be later today.-- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 30, 2013
Gardenhire would not have stayed with #Twins on one-year deal. Presumably wanted assurances that team plans to increase payroll as well.-- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 30, 2013
Named manager in January 2002, Gardy is already the second-longest tenured skipper in baseball. It now appears likely he'll have a shot to manage the Twins' upcoming crop of impressive prospects, including Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano . But in order to break the string of 95-loss seasons, Gardy will have to find a way to improve the team's starting pitching, which has been among the worst in baseball the last two seasons.
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